Week 1 was full of upsets and surprises.
Did it make for an interesting weekend? Definitely.
Did it knock out half the field in my survival pool? Absolutely.
Are Seattle and Kansas City going to the face off in the Super Bowl down in Dallas? Not a chance.
I never want to put too much stock in Week 1, but there were a few things of which you should definitely take note. Injured players and surprise performances are just a few of the factors to consider when scouring the waiver wires.
Here are the most crucial waiver pickups of this young 2010 season:
Brandon Jackson, RB – GB (Owned in 22 percent of leagues)
Our first fantasy stud injury of the 2010 season is in the books with Ryan Grant suffering severe ligament damage in his ankle that may require surgery.
As of today Grant has officially been declared lost for the season, so Brandon Jackson, the only other running back on the Packers roster, is going to have to pick up nearly the entire workload.
Coach Mike McCarthy has given Jackson plenty of praise this preseason and that should continue as Green Bay has a soft schedule over the next three weeks (Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit).
He is the top running back and player to target this week, so go get him!
Michael Vick, QB – PHI (Owned in 19 percent of leagues)
Andy Reid has proven time and time again a loyal coach to his starting quarterback, but he’s never been in his current position.
He just dumped his previous quarterback (Donovan McNabb) to division rival Washington, who then led his new team to a victory over off-season favorite Dallas. Meanwhile, his new man, Kevin Kolb, looked ineffective before being crushed and concussed by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.
Nothing is official as of now, but given the hailstorm of media coverage that accompanied the Eagles’ decision to let two concussed players return to the field on Sunday, I would be surprised to see Kolb back under center for Week 2.
With the Eagles visiting Detroit this weekend, Michael Vick is suddenly a legitimate QB1, at least for one game. If Kolb misses any more time, Vick has shown flashes that he can still be a dynamic dual threat both between the lines and in fantasy.
Peyton Hillis, RB – CLE (Owned in seven percent of leagues)
With Montario Hardesty out for the season...